Julie Ribaudo’s research interests include the impact of relational trauma on parenting, and on infant and child development. She is involved in research examining the role of parental representations and reflective functioning (RF) on the developing parent-child relationship, with a particular interest in attachment-based interventions to promote healthy parent-child relationships. In addition, she is interested in studying the reflective capacity of social workers and other mental health care providers and the impact of the level of clinician RF on client outcomes.
Her work focuses on prevention and intervention with parents and their infants and young children. She has practiced in a wide range of community-based programs, including community mental health, education, and child welfare. As an Endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialist, she provided support to teachers and caregivers of challenging infants, toddlers and children; and assessment and treatment of abused and/or neglected infants, toddlers and young children in foster care or adoption. Her work also included psychotherapy with adults to resolve issues of depression, anxiety and childhood trauma. Ribaudo continues to provide clinical/reflective supervision and is involved in research and service delivery with the Women's Mental Health and Infants Programs through the Department of Psychiatry at U-M. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan.